Hey! Hey! Hey! . . . See you in court!
An obese black lawyer filed a federal lawsuit yesterday against insurance giant AIG and a former supervisor, saying his white boss yelled out “Hey! Hey! Hey! It’s Fat Albert!” and other taunts.
Earl Brown, 43, an Ivy league-educated lawyer, claimed in the civil-rights suit that the former boss, John Hornbostel, 49, peppered him with cruel jokes about his weight for years before he was canned without cause.
“Make sure you grab a bite to eat before this one does!,” Hornbostel said about Brown during a meeting in April 2008, the suit claims.
Hornbostel then allegedly walked away humming the tune to the “Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids” animated TV show.
‘Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids,’ which premiered in 1972 on CBS, ran for more than a decade. The show featured a heavyset boy named Fat Albert, who was the leader of a group of friends.
The episodes had educational themes that included issues faced by urban youth.
Comedian Bill Cosby, the show’s creator, based some of the characters, including Fat Albert, on his friends and one on himself.
Neither Hornbostel nor AIG could immediately be reached for comment.